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Exeter boss Rob Baxter targets Premiership crown after winning Champions Cup

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Exeter have warned that the best is yet to come as they bid to secure a famous double in next weekend’s Premiership final against Wasps.

The new European champions will return to training on Monday as they look to follow their Champions Cup final victory over Racing 92.

Rob Baxter’s side held on for a narrow success at Ashton Gate and the coach said he wanted to see a step up at Twickenham.

Exeter can now complete a domestic and European double after winning the Champions Cup

Exeter can now complete a domestic and European double after winning the Champions Cup

Exeter can now complete a domestic and European double after winning the Champions Cup

‘We have got to enjoy the moment and the bus ride home and savour the feeling whilst we get out heads about moving on,’ said Baxter.

‘I’d like to think that today’s result, and not playing as well as we could, will free us up against Wasps and we can play better.

‘We got a bit cagey and we’d like to free ourselves up next week, but first I’m going to put today to bed and allow us to move on.’

Ollie Devoto was left ecstatic after a thrilling second half in which Racing fought back fiercely

Ollie Devoto was left ecstatic after a thrilling second half in which Racing fought back fiercely

Ollie Devoto was left ecstatic after a thrilling second half in which Racing fought back fiercely

With no fans allowed in to watch, tearful Baxter called his wife Jo from the pitch at full-time and added: ‘I’m a bit all over the place. I told her I would definitely be home tonight! She was pretty emotional and it made me a bit emotional.

‘We have been together a long time, my whole career, and she has seen the highs and lows. It was a special couple of minutes.

‘To start with she was just screaming at me in emotional joy and then we managed to have a few words and talked about the journey and it was a nice few minutes.’

Luke Cowan-Dickie (right) scores as the Chiefs claim an early lead against their depleted rivals

Luke Cowan-Dickie (right) scores as the Chiefs claim an early lead against their depleted rivals

Luke Cowan-Dickie (right) scores as the Chiefs claim an early lead against their depleted rivals

Referee Nigel Owens (fourth from right) awards Exeter a second try, scored by Sam Simmonds

Referee Nigel Owens (fourth from right) awards Exeter a second try, scored by Sam Simmonds

Referee Nigel Owens (fourth from right) awards Exeter a second try, scored by Sam Simmonds

Simon Zebo and Juan Imhoff replied in a gripping final as Racing threatened to turn the tide

Simon Zebo and Juan Imhoff replied in a gripping final as Racing threatened to turn the tide

Simon Zebo and Juan Imhoff replied in a gripping final as Racing threatened to turn the tide

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Jack Wilshere reveals La Liga transfer could be on cards and insists ‘I’m not too young for MLS’ after West Ham axe

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JACK WILSHERE fancies a move to LaLiga and says he’s ‘not too young for the MLS’.

The former Arsenal midfielder is on the hunt for a club after he ‘had to get out’ of West Ham.

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Wilshere, 28, and the Hammers mutually agreed to cancel his London Stadium contract earlier this month.

It was believed to be worth around £100,000-a-week.

Injuries limited the ex-England international to just 19 appearances for West Ham.

However, he claimed he was fit and ready for selection for his last nine months at the Irons – suggesting he was simply not picked by David Moyes.

Wilshere has no hard feelings towards his boyhood club now he has left and thinks the Spanish game would suit his style.

He told Sky Sports: “I’ve been speaking to my agent every couple of days.

“There’s been a few things that have come up and we’re still talking about it, but I’m not going to put a time on it because I want to make sure it’s right.

“LaLiga, Italy or Germany would be a nice change for me. Not many English players have done it.

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“I always watch LaLiga, it was always something I thought about. I like the league, I think it’s more technical than the English game.

“I think it’s somewhere I could really show what I can do.”

Wilshere has also been linked with a move stateside to the MLS.

And he has been keeping himself fit with personal training sessions in a park.

He added: “I don’t think I’m too young for the MLS. It’s on Sky Sports, I think there’s been a big improvement in that league.

“If the right opportunity came up I’d be open to it.”

Wilshere had been at the London Stadium since 2018 when he moved on a free after his Arsenal contract expired.



He featured in just one game for the East London side this campaign – the 5-1 win against Hull in the Carabao Cup on September 22.

And despite the disappointing way his West Ham career turned out, most fans wished him well on his departure and Wilshere is glad he’s moved on.

He explained: “I was probably getting to that point, if I had stayed another year, where it would have been really tough mentally to come back from.

“I never had a fall out with him [Moyes]. I’ve got a lot of friends at West Ham and it was nothing personal against them.

“I still speak to a lot of the players, but I just had to get out. I couldn’t spend another year not playing, especially at my age.

“I just want to play games – I want to get back to playing 25-30 games a season, when you can really get your confidence back and a smile on your face.

“Just playing football, what I used to do when I was a little bit younger. I still feel like I can do it and I want to prove everyone wrong.”

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2pm Arsenal news LIVE: Umtiti transfer LATEST, Ozil donates kids’ meals, Dundalk build-up, Mike Dean is Man Utd ref

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ARSENAL aim to bounce back this week when they take on Irish side Dundalk in the Europa League.

And then at the weekend it’s old rivals Manchester United in a HUGE Premier League clash.

Follow ALL of the latest Gunners transfer gossip and news below…

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2pm Chelsea news LIVE: Krasnodar build up, Rudiger ‘to return to squad’, Ziyech fitness test

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CHELSEA face Krasnodar in Russia in the Champions League this week.

On the transfer front, the Blues are reportedly offering Declan Rice £120,000-a-week to join the club in January.

Get all the latest updates from Stamford Bridge here…

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